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Dead End Drive-In (1986)

In the near future, a teenage couple are trapped in a drive-in theater which has become a concentration camp for social outcasts. The inmates are treated to drugs, exploitation films, junk food, and new wave music.

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Peter Carey (story), Peter Smalley (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ned Manning ... Crabs
Natalie McCurry ... Carmen
Peter Whitford ... Thompson
Wilbur Wilde Wilbur Wilde ... Hazza
Dave Gibson ... Dave
Sandie Lillingston Sandie Lillingston ... Beth
Ollie Hall Ollie Hall ... Frank
Lyn Collingwood Lyn Collingwood ... Fay
Nikki McWaters Nikki McWaters ... Shirl
Melissa Davis Melissa Davis ... Narelle
Margi Di Ferranti Margi Di Ferranti ... Jill
Desirée Smith Desirée Smith ... Tracey (as Desiree Smith)
Murray Fahey Murray Fahey ... Mickey
Jeremy Shadlow ... Jeff
Brett Climo ... Don
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Storyline

In the near future, drive-in theatres are turned into concentration camps for the undesirable and unemployed. The prisoners don't really care to escape because they are fed and they have a place to live which is, in most cases, probably better than the outside. Crabs and his girlfriend Carmen are put into the camp and all Crabs wants to do is escape. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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There's a party every day, a movie every night, and all the junk food you can eat. What more can a kid want... except to get out. See more »


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead End See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's hot soundtrack featured chart also-rans i.e. second to top of the pops level rock songs, the rights bought for about $8000 [Australian]. See more »

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Title Card: SYDNEY, January 26th. 1988 Bicentennial celebrations spark 'The Rocks Riot', 51 die
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Soundtracks

Cynical
Written by Scott Carne (as Carne). Greg Woodhead (as Woodhead), Greg Dorman (as G. Dorman), Craig Harnath (as Harnath) and Bruce Curnow (as Curnow)
Performed by Kids in the Kitchen
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Please replace the speaker on it's stand before leaving............
7 January 2005 | by Drive-In-FreakSee all my reviews

This one has it all.There's violence,sex,car chases,explosions,cheezy '80s music,a '56 Chevy,and most importantly a drive-in! In a futuristic 1990 the government is keeping the unemployed youth locked up in a drive-in and giving them snack bar food,drugs,beer,and all night movies for free.Where do I sign up? Yes it's a bit silly at times,and the premise is unbelievable,but after all it's a "B" film.You just can't expect perfection in films like these,and I (for one) wouldn't have it any other way.There's nothing like stepping back to a simpler time and place.This fine little independent film from Down Under is just like taking a mini vacation in the way back machine.Pop this one in the DVD break out the popcorn and a cold Fosters and enjoy this blast from the past....8)

8/10 on the Drive-in-Freak-O-Meter...ya just gotta check this out!


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